Yearly archive 2009

Round two: day one

I arrived in Bijawar last night after five days in transit: SFO to Delhi, by way of Hong Kong and Bangkok (total travel time: about 30 hours), then to Bhopal (total travel time: about 4 hours), then to Bijawar (total travel time: 12 hours, including lunch in Sagar). Update (July 21, 2009): Now that I’ve...

Constant challenges

I’m planning on going to India this Thursday night (actually Friday morning) for a month. Originally, I’d wanted to leave two weeks ago, but the monsoon was delayed about a month in central India. As a result, the weather two weeks ago was still around 110-115°F, so I delayed my departure. The temperature high in...

Forging ahead

As promised, here’s another update of what’s been happening in Bijawar since April. One of the teachers at the Bijawar Boys’ HS School called us from Sagar (about two hours from Bijawar), saying that he was at a store, looking to buy some new equipment – chairs, tables, and assorted computer hardware – for the...

…often go awry

My apologies for posting this so late. This update should’ve gone up months ago, and I’ll post another update concerning the developments since April very soon. We talked to the principal at the Boys’ HS school in Bijawar on April 8th. We were scheduled to start the pilot computer project at the school from April...

The best-laid plans…

As per my last post, we were scheduled to start a pilot computer literacy program for students at the boys’ HS school in Bijawar from April 1 to 15. The principal of the school has now indicated, however, that he wants to move the whole program back by a week or so, starting April 6....

A work in progress

The last post detailed the state of our work in Bijawar as of January 12, and this one will focus on the developments since then. The faculty at the boys’ HS school was unable to start a computer pilot project in February because of the schoolwide preparation for the state board exams that the students...

Winter 2008-2009 summary

Note: What you see here is only the part of my summary that deals with issues and future plans. Click here to see the whole summary, which includes background information and a detailed explanation of the work we did in three weeks. Issues Education One of the major issues with computer literacy in Bijawar is...

Race, Gender, and the US Congress

I’ll be posting a summary of my experiences in India this winter soon. It’s taking longer than I expected to write everything up. Meanwhile, apropos of nothing, I spent an hour tonight procrastinating on schoolwork and ended up calculating the percentages by race and gender of people in the United States and comparing them to...

Day seventeen

This is the really cute little boy whose family rents out the upstairs part of my grandmother’s house. Onto the actual news. Today was a much-needed counterpoint to yesterday’s frustrations. We accomplished all the nitpicky little details that were left to finish in the morning to get the computers in the boys’ high school ready...

Days fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen

We got broadband in Bijawar yesterday! The boys’ high school was the first broadband connection that BSNL installed in Bijawar, which was super exciting. Since the computers don’t have WiFi, the school can only use broadband on two computers at a time (without a switch, anyway, which they don’t have), but we made sure that...

Day thirteen

Something that I forgot to mention in yesterday’s entry was that we ran around like crazy for a couple of hours, trying to set up the process of bringing broadband to the boys’ high school. We managed to get the principal to cut the phone company a check for the required amount, and we turned...

Days eleven and twelve

We went to the boys’ high school in the morning yesterday, to work on setting up their computers while there was still electricity to run all of the computers at the same time. The boys’ high school is a middle school before noon. When we got there, the boys were doing yoga out in the...